Criss-Cross Leaf Card

Yep, took my new AccuCut NC228 A2 Criss-Cross Card die set to Mary’s on Saturday, and we cut a bunch of cards with her big paper stash. I added the cream strip to the card band and some leaves I cut with my Pazzles (Maple Leaf 2 from CD03 collection) then embossed with a stylus and my stamping mat. I don’t know what brand the paper is, but the greeting comes from the Hero Arts CL434 Just Find Me stamp set.

Local Crop for April & My Pinterest Boards

Okay, this is almost redundant, since I’ve put a link to it in my permanent column on the right, but I’m kind of excited about the boards I’m creating on Pinterest. In particular, my Dies I Have board will be great for giving people an idea of the shapes I can cut for kits and special orders. Plus, it will give my local crafting buddies a place to see what I can bring to crops or what they can pop on over to my house to cut.

It’s time for another local crop. Here is the info:
Saturday April 12, 2014
10am to 5pm
LDS Church on White Mountain Blvd in Rock Springs

Hi ladies! Let’s get together for a special crop in April. I’m calling it the Spring Cleaning Swap Challenge. It will be like the usual crop, just sitting, talking, and working on whatever projects you want to bring. But we’re going to add something fun to the mix with a swap challenge! Let’s all make a dent in our paper stashes by bringing patterned paper to swap. Everyone who wants to participate in this portion of the day needs to contribute 10 sheets of patterned paper. Then you get to take out 10 sheets from the big pile of paper, but we’ll take turns picking one at a time until it’s all gone. Anyone who has more paper to swap can have another round of swapping. We can have as many rounds as you want, just as long as everyone puts in and takes out the same number of sheets of paper each round. I’ll have 10 samples of things you can quickly do with a 12×12 sheet of paper featuring the dies I will bring that day. If you want, we can even vote on who makes the cutest project with their swapped paper. Should be fun, hope to see you there!

P.S. As usual, feel free to bring a treat or snack to share. Thanks!

Friend Card Band

I had some scraps left from yesterday’s card, so I used them to add bands to this A2 custom card shape I had AccuCut make for me last year. It’s based off their VC102 Shadow Box-Landscape die set. Also used was Bazzill Basics Bling cardstock (thus the shiny surface), a 2-1/4″ scalloped circle punch and a 1-3/4″ circle punch, both by EK Success. The friend stamp on the front is from the Stampin’ Up! set Lexicon of Love, and the interior friendship saying is from the Hero Arts CL434 Just Find Me set.

Flower Smile Criss-Cross Card

Here’s today’s little project. Just got a shipment of AccuCut dies, and did a little card today with the A2 Card-Criss Cross NC228 die. Lois, Sheila, and I were at Mary’s last Friday for our weekly get-together and I peeled the wrapper off the die for the first time. It was so fun to raid Mary’s stash and pop out some cards really quick. The design of the card shape and how it has the great mat for the front, plus the card band, make it easy to decorate. And I love the rounded top of the insert as well. It’s all about the details.

The pink cardstock is Bazzill Basics Bling and the patterned paper is an old Imaginisce line, Baby Powder, #000736 Tiny Tantrum (dots are one side, stripes are the other.) The stamped “smile” greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! set Wonderful Words II. The flowers are part of my custom AccuCut die set, layered daisies, coming soon! I will have sizes of this eight-petal daisy in 1.5″,2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″,4″,4.5″, and 5″, plus a great 5.5″ square daisy card that will double as an album page. Can’t wait till it arrives, probably about April 4th.

Where have I been for nearly six months? Well, as seems to happen every year around November-ish, I just get overwhelmed and burned out and it takes me a while to get back on my feet. Since I run my own small one-woman business and want my blog to feature all the fun things I like to do with my dies and all the wonderful paper that is out there, I don’t want my blog to turn into a place where I ramble on in detail about my personal issues. But I’d like to briefly mention that I struggle with depression/anxiety and want anyone out there who also struggles to maybe get some inspiration or ideas on coping with their “crazy”, as I like to call it.

So, one of the things I’m learning to make myself do is to take things in smaller pieces, and try to remember the things I do accomplish and not get so upset about all the things I can think to do, but can’t get done. Just like so many others, whenever I get on Pinterest (my boards) I can start pinning and reading about various projects, and then blink to see that several hours have gone by. Not very productive being an idea-collector sometimes, but I did find something useful – a simple blog that I kind of found inspiring. It’s called Krafting With Karen and it seems like she does a simple little post every day. I’d like to do the same, just enjoy simple crafting without trying to make myself accomplish Mt. Everest every day. So here goes, my first post this year, and hopefully there will be many more.

OWH – Glitter & Dimensionals

Well,it’s always good to be reminded of OWH card standards. Here’s a good discussion of glitter and OWH cards: Glitter is dangerous to heroes abroad, because it easily rubs off on them and makes them visible to night vision goggles. I’d made these cards, thinking Stickles was okay, but I wasn’t sure so I posted a question on the OWH Facebook page. Stickles is still too “leaky” when it comes to glitter, but it turns out I could fix it with Diamond Glaze (Glossy Accents is the same thing) and I put it on liberally then rubbed the cards when it was dried to be sure. Here’s my fixed card that I made at Mary’s:

I cut this with my custom AccuCut A2 die, one of my new ones. Love it!!

There’s also a great OWH video on dimensionals, made me rethink some of the cards I’ve done. I’ll have to fix a couple, the brads and layers are too thick:

Scrappin’ It Pink 2013

Laurie Johnston, the organizer of our local scrapbook group, organizes a yearly scrapbooking crop to raise money to donate to Breast Cancer awareness. I attended this year, Saturday September 28. My friend, Mary, was there, too. We’ve started meeting once a week to make cards and I managed to get a picture of Mary and I together at the event:

Mary on the left, me on the right. I really enjoy our time together every week. It’s helped me to get more cards made, and it’s a great time to get out of the house, as well.

Horse Card & Fall Pocket Pennant Card

I went to my friend Mary’s house on Thursday for our “play date” and we played cardmaking together. Here’s what I worked on:

Horse card made with the Stampin Up Equestrian Dream & A Little Somethin’ sets as well as my custom A2 mats.

The fall pocket pennant card uses an Inky Antics stamp called Autumn Smile E1-5161-E, plus uses the AccuCut Die BG151CJ Bag-Sleeve. I especially love the pennants on this one. Check out my video:

Mary and I had so much fun, we’re going to do it again next week. Also, I really like the Pocket die, and will make some with vellum next. I might get to play tomorrow.

Batch #3 for OWH

Here’s what I made for OWH at the end of August:

Bat stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! Batty for You set, the bottom border is Stampendous SSC625 Halloween Chains. I diecut it from my A2 Long Card die, with a bat window. It’s kind of similar to my A2 ornate card with bat window.

I put a folded liner in it, as I usually do for OWH cards, so heroes have more space to write letters.

The back is stamped with the OWH logo, and my mine. I’m thinking of having a MUCH smaller logo for me made, since OWH is the important part. I used a decorative mat, I0008 Decorative Insert Mat because the cardstock color is dark and wouldn’t show the stamping.

Okay, I barely got in a tiny batch of cards for OWH for the August 30th Halloween deadline. I feel bad because it was only 8 cards, but I’m trying to get a much better batch together for the Thanksgiving deadline of September 30.

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